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Lubbock - It’s your July special programming!

Check out the complete line-up of special events and screenings!

Lubbock - It’s your July special programming!

Hey, Houston - here's your complete line-up of July speciality programming:

A month-long salute to movies that rock

Now, some of you may be under the false impression that THIS IS SPINAL TAP is a work of fiction — what some have so foolishly referred to as a “mockumentary.” This, I assure you, is patently false. Spinal Tap stalwarts David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel are very real. THIS IS SPINAL TAP is not directed by anybody named Rob Reiner and does not star Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer. No, this very real documentary (in no way is it an entirely improvised work of comedic satire genius) and it chronicles the 1982 US tour of British rock superstars Spinal Tap.  You’re not going to have any trouble hearing the film’s soundtrack — this movie will be played loud enough to melt the ‘80s rock god mustache off your face. (7/4, 7/6, 7/7)

After achieving the final level of martial arts mastery, Bruce Leroy is tasked to journey out into the scummy world of New York City to embark upon his final quest to become The Last Dragon and achieve the ever elusive glow to earn him the title of the greatest martial arts master to have ever lived. But when low-down, no-good, all-around bad mamma jamma Sho'Nuff shows up to destroy Leroy, an epic battle of Good vs. Evil explodes that leaves 80s pop divas, break dancing fools and child kung-fu prodigies in it's wake. In the end only one can be the master. (7/7)

Get ready to rock out to the catchy score, laugh along at Steve Martin's outrageous performance as a devious dentist, gasping at the surprise cameos from big-name comedians and all-in-all love every minute that Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene are on the screen as Seymour and Audrey. More importantly, get ready to see THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS as Frank Oz envisioned it: a movie more faithful to the stage musical, with the spectacular "Don't Feed the Plants" sequence at the end. Decide for yourself if the right decision was made, but whichever ending you prefer, you must agree that LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a classic musical. (7/11, 7/16)

Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A HARD DAY'S NIGHT is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time. (7/13, 7/15)

James Dalton (Patrick Swazye) lives the life of a loner, fights like a professional and loves like there's no tomorrow. He has a zen calm about him but you double cross him and you're likely to have your throat ripped out. He's the best bouncer in the business and he's about to take on the dirtiest job ever when he moves from New York for a job at the Double Deuce in Jasper, Missouri. Pulse pounding honky-tonk, fisticuffs and beautiful mustaches soon follow in the greatest action film to take place almost exclusively in a bar. (7/18, 7/23)

Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe have never been better in this tale of two struggling musicians who witness a mob hit and are forced to hit the road with an all-female traveling band in the midst of Prohibition. Also, Cinema Cocktails is here to ease you into it in non-Prohibition-style. Alamo Beverage Director (and master mixologist) Bill Norris is turning his sights towards Champagne mixes and Manhattans made in hot water bottles. So, grab a drink, dress yourself up (in whatever gender you prefer), and get yourself ready for (undeniably) the greatest comedy of all with booze! (7/20)

There’s really no more populist choice for best male romantic comedy lead than John Cusack. Basically, throughout the ‘80s John Cusack became the nice guy every girl felt they should fall in love with. That’s what makes his performance in HIGH FIDELITY so interesting and complicated. He’s a thirty something that owns a record store and is obsessed about music. Unlike Cusack’s earlier movie persona, Rob isn’t a good guy. He’s a funny guy. He’s a smart guy. And, on the occasional night out, he’s a charming guy. He’s not necessarily a bad guy, but he’s not a good guy…yet.  HIGH FIDELITY reaches the apex of what a great romantic comedy should be without seeming like it was trying to in the first place. (7/30)

Interactive screenings and cinematic events

Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande and more! Our DJs are putting together the hottest party of July, featuring plenty of Katy Perry's "Fireworks," a total "Party in the USA," and soooo much more. We're going to start the night with a Twerk Off on stage, and then it's just going to get more awesome from there. Be a Teenage Dream and join us! (7/3)

Sure, you can celebrate your independence the usual way: slow sipping a beer as you stand over a grill while people you have only mild contempt for wait inside for their free meal. OR you can join The Action Pack as we celebrate the GREATEST MOVIE MADE ABOUT AMERICAN PATRIOTISM EVER and celebrate its 10th anniversary! We'll have subtitles for all the songs and all of our favorite quotes. And yeah, we will have American flags, red white and blue streamers, balloons, and more for everyone. And THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win...well, that's your prerogative. (7/5, 7/8)

Are you ready to get pitch-slapped? Join us for an aca-awesome and totally interactive screening of PITCH PERFECT! Girlie Night and the Action Pack have teamed up to bring you a night where making music with your mouth isn't just encouraged, it's downright mandatory. We've subtitled all of your acapella lady jams, so you can sing-along with the Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers, as well as all of your favorite quotes, because we're Dixie Chick serious about loving this movie. So start practicing your harmonies and your mermaid dancing, but leave those lame sock puppets at home, because we're heading to nationals. Aca-believe it! (7/12, 7/14, 7/15)

It’s a dance party in a movie theater! Join us for a brand-new mix of your favorite ‘80s tunes – complete with props, a live host and fun pre-show activities. From Prince to Bon Jovi to U2 to Erasure – you never know what music you’re going to hear when you attend one of our ‘80s Sing-Alongs – the only thing you’re guaranteed is a good time! (7/17)

The Action Pack challenges you to a duel of words with our THE PRINCESS BRIDE Quote-Along! Join Westley as be duels Vizzini and his crew, braves the dangers of the fire swamp, and overcomes death for true love. We'll have all your favorite lines subtitled up on screen karaoke-style for your quoting pleasure, swords for everyone to fight and dramatically switch hands with, as well as a Rescue Princess Buttercup game before the show. So lace up your boots, draw your swords, and prepare for a miracle because this is true love. You think this happens every day? (7/19, 7/22)

To celebrate the fact that Britney Spears has making us dance and sing and love life for 14 years, the Action Pack is throwing this special party in Brit's honor. Our DJs will be spinning all the best from Ms. Spears' complete video catalog, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to Scream & Shout, but you'll also get to remember that special time in your life when you were no longer a girl, but you weren't quite a woman, either. Then we'll dance until the world ends, and we won't be sorry when oops, we do it again right after that. (7/24)

Baby and Johnny paved the way for future silver screen amalgamations of love on the dance floor; in other words, without DIRTY DANCING, there would be no STEP UP franchise (a horrifying thought, we know).  With such a monumental legacy, DIRTY DANCING deserves our utmost respect, as well as a high amount of romantic mega-sighs. Obviously, there's no better place to celebrate it than Girlie Night, where we're unleashing the brand new quote-along (and sing-along! and dance-along!) version of the film. We've partnered with the Action Pack to take this film to the next level, which means your favorite lines and songs will be subtitled, and you'll receive interactive props, like maracas for the mambo and Patrick Swayze fans so you can cool yourself down from his hotness. (7/26)

We invite all of you to join us for a special screening of PURPLE RAIN where the normal Alamo rules do not apply. If you feel passionate about telling the world about the Beautiful Ones, please stand up and sing your hearts out while emoting in those white lace gloves you brought to the theater with you. If you want to do nasty things to the top of our speakers during Darling Nikki... that's weird, but whatever - it's all good! The Action Pack is screening PURPLE RAIN, so let's all get crazy! (7/31)

Regional premieres and all-time classics – animation straight from Japan

Rei Ogami doesn’t have a problem with killing. As a Code:Breaker – a super-powered assassin employed by a secret government organization – he works outside the law, existing in the gray area between right and wrong. When Rei gets an assignment, criminals are cremated in a blaze of blue fire. That is, until a classmate named Sakura witnesses his fatal flames in action and makes it her mission to keep him from killing again. English dubbed. (7/14)

Based on the hit anime K, K MISSING KINGS picks up where the series left off. Featuring the same director and scriptwriter as the series, this movie brings the characters that you've grown to love in the same spirit of action, honor, and loyalty. The story starts some time after the Island Academy Incident, in which four of the seven great Kings crossed paths. Since this time, silver clansmen Kuroh Yatogami and Neko have been searching for their master, Yashiro Isana, the Silver King. Their search having turned up fruitless, the two begin to give up hope, until they encounter Anna Kushina and Rikio Kamamoto, two members of the red clan HOMRA being chased by someone. (7/23)

Full of myth, magic, creation, and destruction, PRINCESS MONONOKE stands as one of director Hayao Miyazaki’s crowning achievements. The epic struggle of nature against human industry is shown here through the eyes of a young man caught up in the middle. The gods of the forest are just trying to protect their home. The humans invading the woods are just looking for a little break. And poor Ashitaka is just trying to figure out what is going on and why he’s become involved. With giant wolves, adorable tree spirits, and the beautiful music of Miyazaki’s frequent collaborator Joe Hisaishi, you won’t be able to look away. And you won’t want to either. (7/28)

Free screenings every morning – all ages welcome!

Leapin’ lizards! ANNIE continues to shine like the top of the Chrysler building as a musical classic, and we’re giving a whole new generation the chance to fall in love with that spunky redhead (played by the irresistible Aileen Quinn) and her trusty dog, Sandy. From the deliciously awful Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett) to the taciturn and towering Punjab (Geoffrey Holder), this film is studded with stellar performances and show-stopping numbers. (7/4 – 7/10)

A lively, gorgeously animated and consistently funny fable about fulfilling your potential and exceeding even your own expectations, KUNG FU PANDA scores as both a delightful spoof of martial arts movies and as a showcase for Jack Black, who provides the voice for Po. (7/11 – 7/17)

Young Victor and his dog Sparky are best pals. They do everything together: play fetch, wrestle, make monster movies. One day tragedy strikes and Victor unexpectedly loses his best friend. Not wanting to say goodbye, Victor, with a little inspiration from Dr. Frankenstein, harnesses his science skills and brings Sparky back to life, albeit with some minor changes. He must hide his creation, but Sparky escapes and starts to wreak havoc on the citizens of Victor's little town. (7/18 – 7/24)

From the makers of the hit ICE AGE series comes RIO, a comedy adventure about taking a walk on the wild side. Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Blu and Linda think he's the last of his kind, but when they learn about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu's female counterpart. (7/25 – 7/31)


The first time we saw AMELIE, it immediately changed all of my life goals. Who cares about things like "career advancement" and "saving for retirement" when you could be a waitress in Paris and spend your days improving people's lives through the power of whimsicality? Amelie, is, in a word, our hero. And for this month's Girlie Night, we can all pretend to be her for one magical evening. Feel free to bring along your favorite garden gnome as we journey together into Amelie's fantastical, romantical, absolutely wonderful world. As the French would say, LE SIGH. (7/6)

Don’t miss a sneak preview of Rob Reiner’s new comedy, AND SO IT GOES. Starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas as a mismatched couple thrown together by the sudden appearance of a surprise granddaughter. The ticket will include a simulcast Q&A with Reiner following the film. (7/9)

See an early screening of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES back-to-back with a screening of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. This summer’s most exciting revolution is short, hairy and likes bananas and we’re celebrating it with an explosive one-two punch of cinematic monkey fury! (7/10)

George Kennedy is enjoying a game of Trivial Pursuit when Bigfoot breaks into his house and kills his daughter. Then a group of Bigfoot trackers set up shop in the same cabin. Before you know it, DEMONWARP transforms from a movie about Bigfoot decapitating people to a movie about dimestore zombies, wet alien puppets, satanic sacrifices, and 1980s scream queen Michelle Bauer roaming around with no clothes on. Why is all of this happening? Your guess is as good as ours. But it probably has something to do with a zombie who does impressions of Jack Nicholson and a time-traveling spaceship. (7/16)

Escape back into those glory days - full of toys, cartoons and cartoons that advertised toys. Join us for a double feature of TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE and G.I. JOE: THE MOVIE! First up - it’s the ultimate battle between Autobots and Decepticons as the final confrontation between Optimus Prime and Megatron brings the battle between good and evil to a whole new level. TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE is pure robot-fighting destruction between Dinobots, Junkions, Sharkticons, and robots THE SIZE OF PLANETS. Never released theatrically, G.I. JOE - THE MOVIE is a 93-minute specticle of ssssinster Cobra plots and real american heroics as everybody's favorite paramilitary team of soldiers against a new secret society of snake-worshiping nogoodniks. Don't miss this two-fisted afternoon of '80s nostalgia. Your childhood itself is at stake! (7/21)

Science has never met fiction like this. In 1974, Japan's Tsuburaya Productions (ULTRAMAN) released twenty-six episodes of a TV show called SARU NO GUNDAN, a re-imagining of PLANET OF THE APES. In 1987, TV producer Sandy Frank discovered SARU NO GUNDAN and said, "Boy, this is great! But it would be even better if I cut all twenty-six episodes into one movie, dubbed the whole thing in my bathroom, and called it TIME OF THE APES!!" And so he did. TIME OF THE APES is an illogical black hole of madness, jam-packed with psychedelic visuals, deranged dubbing, and ape soldiers who drive rainbow-colored hippie vans. We're not saying that TIME OF THE APES is better than PLANET OF THE APES. But it probably is. (7/22)

A slow burn of a ride, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE makes your breathing quick and your skin gooseflesh no matter how many times you’ve seen it. Five friends set out in a van and have the misfortune of crossing paths with the demented Sawyer family. The ones that  are slaughtered right away are lucky - poor Sally becomes more intimately acquainted with the weirdos, resulting in her jumping through a glass window not once but twice! Director Tobe Hooper made something so special, the imagery sticks with you, be it the most unsettling close-up on an eyeball, or the room full of feathers and bones. People with 100x the budget couldn’t come close if they tried. (7/25, 7/26)

Cowabunga! Before the release of producer Michael Bay’s big-budget, no-nonsense reboot, join us for a look back at the ghosts of Turtle past with a four-movie marathon. We’re screening all three live-action TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE movies plus the animated film TMNT. We’ll have pizza specials, fun and games between films and enough fun to make you scream “T-U-R-T-L-E Power!” (7/27)

Get a sneak preview of the incredibly dark and powerful new film from director James Franco at this advanced screening. Adapted from a novel by Cormac McCarthy, CHILD OF GOD is a challenging film – luckily you’ll have a chance to hear from Franco after the screening at a simulcast Q&A following the film. (7/29 at Vintage Park)


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